One Surprising Remedy for Dark Armpits
I need a remedy for dark armpits, sounds familiar, right? Dark armpits can also be a symptom of a medical condition. However, we will not be talking about discolored armpits due to some underlying condition in this post. For more information on how you can determine the reason why you have discolored armpits, I refer you to WebMD. Today’s post is mainly for women who have discolored armpit that is more a cosmetic issue than a medical one.
Causes of Dark Armpits
Outside of being a symptom of an underlying medical issue, there are many reasons for dark armpits. If you are someone who shaves your armpits regularly, you may find that overtime your armpits become dark. Some studies claim shaving the armpit causes irritation of the skin, which results in discoloration.
Secondly, if you are someone who uses deodorant or antiperspirant, you may find that each day there is a build-up of products from these products.
Personally, I switched from using antiperspirant because I find that there is more build-up from using this than
from using a deodorant. I noticed that when I used antiperspirant it clung to my skin and looked unsightly; in order to get all the substance removed, I had to scrub my armpit twice as hard as I would when I used a deodorant. In order to help you determine whether you should use a deodorant versus an antiperspirant, visit this website page on Deodorant vs Antiperspirant: Which Should You Choose? Sometimes, if we do not take the time to scrub our underarms properly the dirt from each day builds up and leaves a thick dark residue.
How I Discovered the Remedy For Getting Rid of Dark Armpits
I guess by now you are wondering why I am not telling you the secret remedy. Well, here it is, St. Ives Apricot Scrub, you can read more about the brand by clicking this link. I always thought that apricot scrub was for exfoliating the face until one day I was reading about dark underarms and home remedies. One of the things that the article suggested was using an exfoliator. I did not have what they suggested in the article so I decided to experiment with the apricot scrub. At first, I did not see much of a difference. However, after almost a week of using this scrub, I noticed that the skin under my armpits started to peel off. All the dark dead skin was peeling off.
I was amazed at how pretty my armpit was looking as the skin peeled away. There was no pain or signs of irritation.
I continued to use the apricot scrub until my armpits were all stripped and clean. Since then, I have been enjoying the sight of my clearer armpits. You might look at the picture and think that it still looks dark, but I can assure you that the results were significant enough for me to take that picture and put it on Facebook.
Occasionally, I still use the apricot scrub under my armpits to maintain the clearer skin tone and there has been no more peeling of the skin.
Steps/Treatment Using St. Ives Apricot Scrub
Before I go any further, I should warn you that some people have claimed severe irritation from using St. Ives Apricot Scrub, I therefore, encourage you to read the label and follow instructions regarding use. Personally, I have been using St. Ives Apricot Scrub since 2013 and have never had any irritation or any problems with the brand.
According to the product label, St. Ives Apricot Scrub is for using on the face 3 to 4 times per week. Therefore, there are no specific steps in applying the scrub to your armpits. I had very dark armpits and signs of build-up and dead skin, so I used the apricot scrub daily until the dead skin peeled off.
If you decide to use this to help clear up your dark armpits, I encourage you to pay close attention to skin to detect early signs of redness or irritation and to stop the use of this scrub if any irritation occurs.
I used the tip of a bath cloth/ wash rag and gently scrubbed my armpits, then rinsed and applied a moisturizer around the edges of my underarm.
Things to Consider Doing in Order to Prevent Dark Armpits
The first thing you should know is that hygiene matters. Sometimes, we do not pay attention to the parts of our body that are not easily seen. Even if you do not wear sleeveless clothing, you should always pay attention to your armpits, not only will this prevent dark skin formation, but also help fight unpleasant under arm odor. You should also consider the following regularly.
- Consider the use of new razors rather old ones, which, maybe dull and cause irritation of the skin.
- Consider using some form of shaving cream for a smooth shave.
- Consider whether to use an antiperspirant or a deodorant. Antiperspirants contain some form of aluminum, which some studies claim are links to breast cancer.
Please let me know how this worked for you by commenting below.